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Our neighbors up north have a lot of great TV to offer
If polls and anecdotal stories are to be believed, most Americans would rather dance over hot broken glass than endure one more day of anything related to this presidential election. It’s also pretty safe to say that, no matter which candidate will be showered with confetti Tuesday night, large swaths of us will be looking to unload our junk on Craigslist and start a new life somewhere else.
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Moving to Canada — or seriously looking into it, anyway — is a real thing, even if the feasibility of doing it makes the actual move unlikely. But a Yankee can dream! Should you be one of the very few who does bail on the Home of the Brave, you’ll surely be looking to figure out a puzzling new landscape full of stuff you don’t recognize, including TV shows. To make your new life easier, TVGuide.com compiled the seven best shows set in your new home country so you’ll be able to fit right in, eh. Traitor.
7. Continuum (2012-2015)
One of the sneaky good sci-fi television series in recent memory is this cult hit from Showcase, which found more fans when Syfy imported it for the States. Rachel Nichols starred as a cop from the future who travels back in time to present day to stop a terrorist group, and teams up with the young version of a future tech visionary to do so. Though the themes of corporations controlling the government and the destruction of individual interests may be too close to home after this dumpster fire of an election, Continuum‘s muddy definitions about what’s right and what’s wrong make it an intriguing watch for both moose and man.
6. The Kids in the Hall (1988-1994)
The Kids in the Hall was our northern brethren’s Monty Python’s Flying Circus, incorporating absurdity and drag into the perfect counter to American sketch comedy’s pop-culture-centric humor.
Available: Amazon Video
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5. Trailer Park Boys (2001-2007, revived by Netflix in 2014)
When fleeing America due to the Illuminati conspiracies that have rigged every election since George Washington took office, you’ll want a few creature comforts to ease your transition to bags of milk, Tim Horton’s and toothless hockey players. And what’s more American and familiar than trailer-park trash? Trailer Park Boys follows three petty criminals who live in a Nova Scotia trailer park as they concoct schemes to get rich and probably blow all the money on rum and weed. It’s rude, crude and full of bad dudes, just like the United States. God bless America! I mean Canada!
Trailer Park Boys
SCTV(Second City Television) (1976-1984)
When fleeing a once-great democracy that’s now smoldering ruins, it’s important to laugh! SCTV was Canada’s Saturday Night Live, launching the careers of John Candy, Eugene Levy, Rick Moranis and Martin Short. This gave us Strange Brew, hosers!
Available: Unfortunately, full episodes are not streaming anywhere, but you can watch highlights on YouTube.
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3. Heartland (2007-present)
Canada’s long-running drama is based on the book series of the same name — albeit swapping the locale from Virginia in the States to the Alberta Rockies. It chronicles the story of a young woman, Amy Fleming (Amber Marshall), who realizes she has the gift of healing wounded horses from her deceased mother. Of course, Amy’s family ranch isn’t just home to horses but her grandfather Jack (Shaun Johnston), love interest Ty (Graham Wardle), as well as the setting for sweeping emotional sagas with her sister Lou (Michelle Morgan) and once-estranged father Tim (Chris Potter). Having begun its 10th season this year, it’s a flagrant and unapologetic tugger of heartstrings. They don’t call it Heartland for nothing.
2. Are You Afraid of the Dark? (1990-1996, 1999-2000)
Americanyoung adults may remember this ’90s horror-fantasy show as an integral part of their childhoods when it aired on Nickelodeon. A group of teens who called themselves The Midnight Society would convene at a secret location in the woods and tell a frightening story — tales of witches, vampires, ghosts and the like that scared the bejesus out of children all across the country. Even though it was for kids, its creepy clowns and special effects were legitimately terrifying — effects that, for the time anyway, seemed as gory as anything we’d see on The Walking Dead today.
Available: Amazon Video
Degrassi: The Next Generation
Degrassi: The Next Generation (2001-2015)
There’s so much to love about this teen drama — and not just the fact that it gave us the international treasure Aubrey "Drake" Graham. The fourth series in the Degrassi franchise is also the breakout hit of the lot, taking on date rape, drug use, teen pregnancy, sexual orientation, suicide and lots of other juicy, serious issues woven into stories about the kids at Degrassi Community School. A massive hit in Canada and then in the U.S. when it began airing on TeenNick up until its very end, it’s the Canadian show that keeps on giving: Degrassi: Next Classbegan streaming on Netflix this year.
Available: YouTube (Seasons 1 and 2 only); Netflix (Degrassi: Next Class)